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    Comrades Delegates,
    The atmosphere at the 26th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union is one of creativity, efficiency, and unity.

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    Background: Comrades Delegates,
    The atmosphere at the 26th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union is one of creativity, efficiency, and unity. The delegates to the Congress, our Party, and the entire Soviet people see the CC Report delivered by Comrade Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee, as a document of immense historic significance.

    Comrade Brezhnev profoundly examined the many-sided activity of the Central Committee and the titanic work being done by the Party and the people to strengthen our country's economic might and security, improve the life of Soviet people, and safeguard and consolidate peace.

    The Report is an outstanding contribution to the development and enrichment of the Marxist-Leninist teaching and scientifically substantiates the general line being pursued by the Party in the period of developed socialism. It vividly shows the lofty aims and noble ideals to which the Communist Party, founded by Lenin, has committed itself.

    The Report embodies our Party's wisdom and high sense of responsibility for the country's destiny, and the united will of the 17 million Communists and all other Soviet people. Unanimously approved by the Congress as a guide to action, it mobilises the Party and the people for the fulfilment of new tasks and shows the inspiring prospect for communist construction.

    Our Party's time-tested home and foreign policy has been borne out by life. Comrades, we have every reason to say that this is the only sure, Leninist policy.

    An outstanding part in elaborating and implementing this policy is played by Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev a wise and tried leader confidently heading our mighty country's advance towards communism.

    ...With every five-year plan our tasks grow bigger and more complex. Evidence of this is the draft Guidelines for the Economic and Social Development of the USSR for 1981-1985 and the Period Ending in 1990 submitted to the 26th Congress by the Party's Central Committee.

    This draft was drawn up on the basis of the decisions of the 24th and 25th Congresses and of plenary meetings of the CPSU Central Committee.

    The Guidelines generalise the practise of building communism in the USSR, take the experience of other socialist countries into account, sum up the results of the Tenth Five-Year Plan, define the targets for economic and social development in the next five years and in the period up to 1990, and detailise the measures for their attainment.

    The draft is permeated with concern for the wellbeing of Soviet people, for the further burgeoning and strengthening of our socialist country. This purpose is served by the development of material production, the growth of its efficiency, progress in science and technology, the expansion of foreign economic relations, and the perfection of the economy's management...

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